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In this competition, brave souls stand before an audience and present timed talks on a set of never-before-seen slides. Contestants are expected to weave their comments around the projected images, and string the talk on a theme announced on the spot. Impromptu nonsense is guaranteed, and you’ll be amazed, and amused, by the creativity of contestants.

Entering the Competition

10 contestant positions are open on a first-come, first-served basis (Rule #1 below). A 10th contestant will be drawn from the combined pool of folks who didn’t make it in the first 9 names and everyone who registers at the event. If anyone in the initial 10 doesn’t show up, additional names will be drawn from the same pool to determine replacement speakers.


Registration information coming soon. Nine contestant positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; remaining entries will be printed and combined with entries submitted at the event for a random drawing for the coveted 10th “wildcard” position.

At the event, contestants will wait outside the room until called. The organizers will call them in random order. Contestants may remain in the room after speaking.

Each contestant will speak for up to 4 minutes on 10 slides provided by the contest organizers. The slides will be pre-loaded. No contestant may view the slides in advance of speaking. Each contestant will control the movement of slides for his/her presentation. All contestants must stop speaking when time is called at 4 minutes.

An illustrious panel of 3 judges and a timekeeper will score each presentation on smooth delivery, number of slides used, and time used. The judges will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place among all contestants. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

By participating in this event, winners agree to allow their names and images to be used in TLA publications to acknowledge their victories and publicize future events. The TLA Battledecks programs are coordinated by the TALL Texans Round Table and the New Members Round Table.

Thank you to the Battledecks sponsor:

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Collaboration Space

Have you identified a hot topic, innovative concept, or knowledgeable individual that will prompt great group discussions? Plan to host a 60 minute facilitated small group discussion about topics relevant to libraries or librarians.

More information and the deadline to submit your proposal coming soon!

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Contributed Papers

Contributed Paper sessions provide a forum for TLA members to present their current research at the TLA Annual Conference. Academic librarians, especially those needing to publish are encouraged to submit their paper abstracts for consideration. Selected papers are also published in a special digital-only issue of the Texas Library Journal the summer following the Annual Conference.

Deadlines for submitting proposals for the 2020 TLA Annual Conference will be announced in October. For more information, contact Tine Walczyk.

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Great Ideas Lightning Talks & Posters

Have you been doing something unique and innovative in your library? Share your great ideas in the fast format of a lightning talk, combined with a poster session. Great Ideas Lighting Talks are five (5) minute sessions that engage the audience and feature new or innovative ideas. You’ll also be able to set up a poster or interactive display – if you spark an idea with your presentation, you’ll be available to answer questions afterward.

This  event is an hour and half filled with lots of great ideas! Deadlines to submit proposals will be announced soon.

  • Conference registration is not required for participation in this one event only.
  • Posters may be print, electronic or both. Props may also be used.
  • All posters must be freestanding; no poster backing will be provided.
  • Laptops and tablets are welcome, but no electricity will be provided.
  • The Poster Session will not be judged this year, but small prizes will be drawn randomly from all entries.
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Innovation Lab

This unique, interactive space in the Exhibit Hall features an array of STEAM-focused events including educational program, exhibitors, demonstrations, robotics competitions, and a library maker space prototype.

The Innovation Lab is seeking programs that highlight examples of innovation in your library! Whether you have a Maker Space, a STEM/STEAM education program, or other initiatives aimed at incubating innovative thought, we want to hear from you! Sign up for a program that shares your ideas and experiences and successes or failures. Individuals or groups of folks are encouraged to present what they have learned OR demonstrate what they have made in small or large group settings.

Check back soon for deadline and proposal submission information.

Thank you to our sponsors

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